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Ireland Postal Services 2009 Issue
Designed by Ger Garland

St. Patrick's Day

Ireland Postal Service will issue a new stamp that has a postage value of 0.82 Euro named "St. Patrick's Day" on the 19th of February 2009. The stamp depicts a painting of St. Patrick done by Margaret Clarke named "St. Patrick Climbs Croagh Patrick" Every year all around the world people celebrate this holiday. It all started when the Catholic Church in the early 17th century made it a feast day due to the efforts of Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan Scholar. It may be hard to believe but the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in America not Ireland. Both Boston and New York claim to have hosted the first official parade. Today, Dublin's parade is the biggest in Ireland attracting over 500,000 supporters. The world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade is held in New York with about 2 million people watching and 150.000 marchers.

"St. Patrick's Day" stamp can be purchased as a single, sheets of 16, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 29.79mm x 40.64mm with a perforation size of 14 x 15 using the 2cm reference. It will be printed by Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd using the Lithography printing method.


St. Patrick's Day FDC


St. Patrick's Day FDC Stamp



To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.irishstamps.ie/IrishStamps/ Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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